many boat people
wooden boat building and renovating can be a lonely
particularly so for back yard builders.
your Project with us, we'd love to hear about
And lets hear it
from all you Wooden
that the vast majority of boats around today are
there are also many
There are even some
The problem is
that they tend to be hidden
build or renovate a wooden
boat because they have a dream.
dream is to build a yacht in
order to sail the world or a row boat for fishing the dream needs to be
keep the dream real it
is worth discovering how other boat people have done
Sometimes the 'how to' gets in
the way of your dream and the dream begins to seem impossible.
precisely the time you need access
to information and inspiration.
inspiration comes from people
like yourself, who have been where you are and yet gone on to finish
wooden boat project.
are where like minded boat people tend to congregate.
also tend to be self
and sailing clubs
will often have their own moorings and facilities.
facilities may be
basic, club fees will be a lot cheaper than those charged by commercial
and boat yards.
you know of a club where wooden boat builders and renovators and
boaters are welcome?
from the national sailing associations there are numerous
you are in the process
of restoring a classic boat you will more than likely find that there
already an association dedicated to you particular boat type.
are often a
storehouse of information.
they are usually run by
boat people with lots of expertise.
is going to be especially valuable as it will be pertinent to your boat
rather than general boat knowledge.
it will often come
cheaply, usually just a small subscription fee.
to Wooden Boat
are no end of Forums by and for boat
people and forums on most subjects.
the majority of cases the
forum members will be very helpful.
can often help you with
a specific problem,even if you haven't been able to find an answer
elsewhere, especially where the forum is dedicated to a specific design
a good forum you are sure
to find someone who has had the same or similar problem to those you
will also be others
willing to offer suggestions.
can also lead you to
those small hard to find websites and blogs.
forums do vary and
the majority do require that you sign-up and provide your email address
, provide DIY
Wood Boat you can
ask questions ,
tell us about answers or spin us your
boat without the need to sign away any of your privacy.
I do moderate the
posts closely so only wooden boat related subjects are allowed.
the best forums we do
try to stick to the specific subject of wooden boats for boat
to Wooden Boat Forums
internet is awash with information on
every subject known to man.
problem is that finding
the information you want isn't always easy.
engines such as
Google depend on SEO (search engine optimization).
problem is that the
sites we, as self builders of wooden boats want to find aren't
built with SEO expertise.
Click here for
to some more Wooden Boat Websites.
building your own site?
Blogs by and for Boat People
enthusiasts have started blogs about their project.
these, as well as
privately owned websites rarely show up in search engine results.
a result there is a host
of interesting informative stuff on the web which is rarely seen by
might find it useful.
not turn your blog
into a website?
to some interestng Wooden Boat Blogs
you got a blog on your wooden boat project or know of a good one
someone else that other boat people would find of interested?
Shows and Events
Boat Events and Regattas
Wooden boat shows are increasing in
popularity every year.
of these events are
hosted by Antique and Classic boat associations. These tend to
they also hold rallies and races for their members.
are a growing number of
commercial shows which, while appealing to a wider audience do have
dedicated to wooden boats and boat people.
fees for the smaller
more specialised shows are normally low.
Southampton Boat Show is
one of the major UK boat shows. It is a commercial show so the emphasis
shiny plastic. However it does host a wooden boat section.
38th Annual Steamboat Meet at Lees Mill, Moultonborough, New Hampshire.
Park Boat Show 2011
Thames Boat Show at Beale
Thames Boat Show at
Beale Park 2008
show began life as the
Wooden Boat Show. Fortunately the emphasis is still on small wooden
their builders, both professional and amateur.
Tall Ships Festival
Challenge 2008 is
one of my favorite race events.
then I am biased towards
the Jumk Rig.
attraction of this event
is its amateur status.You wont find any big money commercial entrants
Challenge is due to set off on the 23rd of May 2010 from
Plymouth, UK bound
for Newport, RI.
you been to a favorite
Show of Event? I would love to hear about it.
There are several good books on the market
which cover all aspects of
wooden boat building and renovation.
Unless you live close to a good boating book shop you will probably
have to .
buy on line
fact that a book has been published and is still in print suggests that
the content is worthwhile and the author has something to say
However, not every book will be pertinent to your situation.
Fortunately it is possible to browse inside many books on certain
have found that sometimes, just one or two items in a particular book
were sufficient to justified the initial price, even if the rest of the
content was disappointing.
Junk Rig" by H G Hasler and J K McLeod.
on a Small Income" by Annie Hill.
Books By Lin
and Larry Pardey.
the WoodenBoat Series.
Books by John C Payne
"Living On the Edge With Sara Ba
sailing memoir" by
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